Open Ended Art
Doing open-ended art activities together helps adults and children relax and connect.
Open-ended art is important for young children, and it can allow them space to express the many feelings that come with the death of a loved one. A blank page is full of possibility—there are endless ways to fill it, and there are no right or wrong ideas or results! Giving children opportunities to freely explore and experiment can help them express themselves. And… you can do it together!
Print this page and invite children to draw or write about their feelings, memories of their loved one, or anything at all. Offering reassurance along the way can help them remember they’re not alone.
Sitting and creating quietly together can be great bonding time.
Grief and Change Caused by COVID-19
It’s okay to have feelings of grief when we experience changes big and small.
When Kids Need Special-Special Comfort
In the midst of big changes, comfort items such as small stuffed animals and blankets can provide a sense of continuity in a child’s life.
Helping Children Through Grief Related To COVID-19
There are ways to help families talk about death, express their feelings, and grieve together.
Showing and Sharing Feelings
Naming a big feeling can help children begin to understand it, and later regulate it.
Coloring to Calm Down
Coloring can help both children and grown-ups feel more calm and grounded.
For children and adults, it’s important to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died.